Environmental activists hate when the government listens to industry, but love it when the government listens to them.

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This is a news compilation setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas stories and providing research and facts to counter misinformation about the oil and gas industry.

News Headline:

Activist news organization, The Breach, makes the claim that Natural Resources Canada’s works to support responsible oil and gas development.  In other news they claimed water is wet. 

Natural Resources sees itself as oil industry’s “champion in government,” documents reveal.

The Facts:

Environmental activists hate when the government listens to industry, but love it when the government listens to them.

  • The Breach writers need a basic civics lesson.  It is actually the Government’s job under administrative law to serve its citizens and stakeholders.  It has a positive obligation to consult and meet with concerned and affected stakeholders in representing their interest. There’s a lobby registry that shows the nature of those meetings to maintain transparency.

  • Former staff from environmental organizations have infiltrated senior positions within the government. This made it easy for environmental organizations to lobby on a “climate accountability act”. The result was Bill C-12 which looks like it was written by those organizations who lobbied for it in meetings. Who needs a champion when the Government accepts your legislation with little editing.
  • Breach writers used this excerpt from internal documents to ‘prove’ their point.  Did they want NRCan to not work with industry stakeholders and inaccurately report the petroleum sector?  On second thought, don’t answer that because accurate information is not what activists like the writers at Breach seem to want policy makers to see.
  • Advocacy media organizations like Breach often push a narrative to achieve their political goals.  In the case of Broadbent’s Press Progress, a de facto media organization for the NDP, an informant admitted that he was planting fake stories about a United Conservative Party candidate during the 2019 Alberta election.

  • Despite making the claim that the government gave out $18 billion to the oil and gas industry last year due to lobbying, what the industry ended up with for direct support was a $3.2 billion funding pledge that was mostly earmarked to help clean up old and abandoned wells and fund clean-tech. Their $18 billion figure is based on a report that uses figures from the Export Development Bank, an organization that is financially self-sufficient and raises money just like a bank, mostly through fees and global markets. This means that they aren’t using public funds to finance these industries.

Here is a story that gets it right.

Canada’s carbon tech opportunity

In this article CAPP focuses on the growing opportunity that Canada’s oil and gas industry is taking advantage of to invest in clean tech. With new carbon capture technology coming online, companies are adapting to the changing world and decreasing emissions to continue supplying reliable energy.

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